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Our Department offers training for careers in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. Research encompasses all areas of modern biochemistry, including but not limited to the following topics: protein engineering, RNA catalysis, error biology, microbiology, stress response, DNA recombination, epigenetics, molecular immunology, cytoskelelton, ion channels and membrane biophysics, and protein and RNA folding. In addition to more traditional biochemical approaches, techniques employed in the department include but are not limited to NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, single-molecule techniques, computational approaches, display technology, electron paramagnetic resonance, and small angle X-ray scattering. Our Department is distinguished by its intellectual rigor and collaborative style. The interdisciplinary nature of the Department is further accentuated through the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, which brings together biological and physical scientists to pursue common research goals, and through NIH-sponsored training programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemical Biology.
Biology Courses for Chemistry Students
- BC MB 30100 Basic Biochemistry and Mol. Biology*
- BC MB 30400 Protein Fundamentals*
- BC MB 30500 Fundamentals of Structural Biology*
- BC MB 30600 Nucleic Acid Structure and Function*
- BC MB 31000 Fundamentals in Molecular Biology
- BC MB 31200 Molecular Biology I
- BC MB 31600 Cell Biology I
- BC MB 32100 Designer Proteins and Peptides†
- BC MB 32200 Molecular Biophysics: Theory & Applications*
- BC MB 32300 Protein Molecular Structure & Function*
- NPHP 31200 Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation
- NPHP 33600 Cell Signaling*
- NPHP 33200 Ion Channels and Excitable Membranes
Chemistry Courses for Biology Students
- CHEM 30400 Organometallic Chemistry*
- CHEM 30900 Bioinorganic Chemistry†
- CHEM 32100 Physical Organic Chemistry I*
- CHEM 32200 Organic Synthesis and Structure*
- CHEM 32300 Tactics of Organic Synthesis*
- CHEM 32400 Physical Organic Chemistry II:
- CHEM 32500 Bioorganic Chemistry†
- CHEM 33000 Complex Chemical Systems†
- CHEM 38700 Biophysical Chemistry*
- CHEM 36800 Advanced Computational Chemistry
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- AG Bell College Scholarship Program
- BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship
- Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund
- Point Foundation Scholarship